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Prepare for another year of our empty lives without Game of Thrones

17 June 2014 11:44

So farewell, then, Tywin Lannister, you truly were the people’s Hand of the King. But this being Game of Thrones,…

Why do so many of our MPs feel the need to write books?

10 June 2014 17:39

It sometimes feels like there is a never-ending flood of books written by politicians delivered to the Spectator offices. Almost…

I dread the thought of my children being taught ‘British values’

10 June 2014 10:44

I’ve been off the past week poncing around Rome in a frilly shirt, and so am naturally gloomy about coming…

Three cheers for all those who fought fascism, from Cable Street to Berlin

6 June 2014 6:00

70 years have passed since, in the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ‘Allied naval forces, supported by strong air…

Tracey Emin’s knickers – a short history of contemporary British art

29 May 2014 16:04

Tracey Emin’s bed is to be sold at auction this summer with a guide price of £800,000 to £1.2 million,…

Celebrating the death of smallpox – and a short history of vaccination

25 May 2014 10:06

The World Health Organisation is voting on whether to destroy the last few remaining samples of the smallpox virus. Smallpox…

Yorkshire village bans Nazis. Why didn’t Neville Chamberlain think of that?

19 May 2014 10:12

D-Day would have been effected with far less trouble if, at the time, we had insisted on the same rules…

George Osborne’s Waterloo

8 May 2014 12:43

Hougoumont should be a place known to every Briton. It was the site of one of the finest feats of…

How to be a traitor

8 May 2014 10:51

No one is as hated as deeply as the apostate. Ordinary opponents are nothing in comparison. They are unbelievers, who…

When Aachen was the centre of Europe – and Charlemagne ruled the known world

30 April 2014 10:50

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978, Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) will this summer become the focus of European attention. From June…

Christianity is not a prop for politics

25 April 2014 16:52

First the godly, then the godless, then the godly again. The public debate about whether Britain is indeed a Christian…

Why make ginger jokes? Redheads, now, are all the rage

24 April 2014 17:58

Much like supporting Millwall or contracting Parkinson’s Disease, red hair has traditionally been seen by the prejudiced as a foul…

An extraordinary event in the history of Anglo-Irish relations

9 April 2014 14:11

If there’s one thing a poet is good for, it’s memorable circumlocution, which is why Michael D Higgins (the D…

You sexist/racist/liberal/elitist bastard! How dare you?

7 April 2014 14:49

While he was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tony Judt found the breath to educate those who believe they could…

Alex Salmond is not a Nazi. He’s not even a Fascist.

27 March 2014 11:50

Every so often you come across an article so bizarre it forces you to re-examine long-held certainties on a subject…

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is jingoistic, angry and oppressive. But it’s nothing like Nazi Germany

21 March 2014 11:06

I’m conservative, so it’s hard for me not to love Vladimir Putin. His ripped torso, the way the sweat glistens…

Remembering the decimation of Crimea’s Tatars

21 March 2014 9:55

Crimea’s Tatars are nervous after Russia’s annexation of the territory. The Tatars, Sunni Muslims who account for 12 per cent…

Should we make Magna Carta Day our national holiday?

20 March 2014 14:31

I know there are probably more important things in the Budget, but I for one (and probably, literally, the only…

White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced…

The Spectator: on 150 years of punishing Russia

6 March 2014 10:31

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has left western diplomats scrabbling for sanctions that won’t backfire on to the rest of…

The Spectator – on 400 years of unease between Ukraine and Russia

27 February 2014 17:03

Ukraine declared independence from the USSR in 1991, but Moscow has made sure it’s remained heavily involved in Kiev’s affairs…

French baiting from the PM?

31 January 2014 11:42

The French media might prostrate themselves before their own leaders; but they are a little more adventurous with ours. Le…

Economists – the scourge of mankind

3 January 2014 11:31

Are there any disciplines on earth as hyped-up and overrated as economics? Every subject depends to some extent on others;…

Old England died in 1963

21 November 2013 12:55

There is no better measure of the pivotal importance of 1963 than to recall what Britain was like in the…

John F Kennedy was one of the nastiest presidents in American history

19 November 2013 14:55

The fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination is, of course, an occasion for a fresh outbreak of the virulent…